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"everything is perfect" i said. "everything can't be perfect! you can't say that! they won't believe you." // i arrived in #telaviv around 5:30 tonight after traveling for 19 hrs, was greeted with the warmest welcome, hung out with some pretty amazing Israeli students who put their sweat and love into organizing this event over the past 6-8 months and now i lay my head in a hotel by the sea... everything is perfect. and this is only the beginning! more photos to come, my friend... love, carli

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Meet the Shah Family. I rarely post the things I'm shooting these days on this account ~ I've been posting more on @_carli. Here's a wee glimpse into their darling session! Hope you feel this kind of warmth today... xo, c #ifportrait #blackandwhite
Today. You Got This. :) [ps: I'm updating my website shop! Will post an IG when all the new goodies are live ] #sameinkdifferentday #carlirene #artistsoninstagram
I grew up a military brat, and moving every 2-3 years made me cling to material possessions in my adult life. After I had Emiliana I noticed how easily she was amused with the simplest of objects and decided to keep toys to a minimum. I pared down my things too. I made the conscious decision to collect experiences, shared memories with her, over things… most things. There are words. My goodness are there hand-written words and art that pour from us that fill page after page of journals and books. These are the two things that we hold most dear to our heart: books of others and the art we make in our own. It feels delightful to be sharing what’s so close to my heart and at the same time partnering with #CapitalOne to promote their #ShareMySave #contest! To enter, share a photo of a meaningful keepsake with a short description of what it means to you on Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to include #contest and #ShareMySave in your entry. #sponsored #inkedfingersadventures #carlirene #whileemilianaplays #artistsoninstagram
@tinaessmaker inspires me to no end. This is a quote from an interview she did with @claytoncubitt. It's in the "Possibility" issue of @greatdiscontent.

This quote won't stop ringing on repeat in my mind and it has become the backbone for my upcoming book. "When I was a kid and living in squalor and turmoil, I certainly didn't want to look at a gritty, deep documentary image of depression; I wanted to see something that took me out of my pain." We are Creators. What are you creating today? #sameinkdifferentday #inkedfingersadventures #carlirene #handlettering #artistsoninstagram
"Maybe you need to pick up something that is just for you, you know to give you both some space, like writing again? I don't know. Or maybe waking at sunrise to make a short film or take pictures or play the keyboard again..." No sooner did the words fall out of my mouth then I realized how much I was speaking them out loud for me, just as much as for her. (Truth. I had been avoiding writing "for me" for a bit.)
I met with an old friend.
Have you ever felt like the Universe gifts us with circumstances/people at exactly the right time, not a second too soon or a moment too late? Oftentimes it feels way too late-- but then once I re-calibrate, step back to gain perspective I realize it was the perfect time after all, to hear those words, to feel that hug, to know that story, to be inspired to journal that.... If it's on your heart to meet with someone, a dear old kindred spirit or maybe one you want to get to know, don't wait. Pick up the phone. Maybe they need to see you, too. Maybe they need your words, your heart, as much as you need them. #truth #sameinkdifferentday
I peek. They're too bright. I shot a few frames and although they are black and white (jpg mode, Fujifilm) they don't yet feel like Brian. I bump up the ISO to make them much more grainy and speed up the shutter to compensate. It needs to be darker. I shoot a few more. I show him again. This time I get a satisfying grin and head nod and I know. This almost Al Pacino-esque image really is Brian. // Brian's building a website for all of the content he has created: self-defense tutorials, how to handle drunks~ essentially super jedi moves, etc. He's done everything from boxing to ju jitsu, trained security personnel and that's not even his creative side! He writes poetry and fiction and... (So sorry ladies. B's happily married to one of the most kind-hearted souls with darling children!) It's this, helping Brian build his brand so he can work 100% for himself, that inspires me to no end. I learn Brian's story so well that the content we create is 110% him -- sounds like B, looks like B, feels like B and I am a mere vessel for his art. That is a successful collaboration. To me, this is art. This is trust, from him, that I will see him in the same light he sees himself, maybe even in a more kind light that I am so inspired by his story enough to give him something in return he could not have created on his own. Grateful for trust. Grateful for those that share the same vision. Grateful for art. #makeportraits #ifportrait #inkedfingersadventures #jujitsu #blackandwhite #artistsoninstagram #inspiration
In addition to commercial gigs and family portraits, I've been writing and shooting for @muellerlivingmagazine the last few months and it's opened the door for me to work with more great local brands like the fabulous ladies of @mintandthymeaustin. Thank you for shooting this of me @_abbeycorbett_ !
It was shoot x spa day... perks of collaborating with brands? :) Be on the lookout for an article towards the end of the year about their photofacial (great for clear skin after summer's sun-scorching heat!) and perhaps more fabulous collaborations with Mint and Thyme! #inkedfingersadventures #carlirene #atx #austinlife #mintandthyme
Dear Emiliana, This morning, when you were so upset and I sat down and made up a song until you quieted down... you teach me that crossed arms don't always mean keep away. Most of the time those flailing arms say silently "I need more lovings Mama." You teach me patience, how to feel everything. You remind me what it is to live with a whole heart. You keep coming back for more and more and more huggies, relentlessly. I love you and your wild independent heart. I love how the Universe gifted your heart, your soul to me, of all of the Mommies in the world. Raising you allows me to live in a world I wasn't gifted in this lifetime with my own birth mom. Time and you, do help heal wounds. Thank you for your smile. Thank you for your fierce independence. Thank you for loving me, Emiliana Rae. To see you want to spell that out for the first time ever, today, blows my mind.
Love you too. I love you more.
"Not an ounce excessive, not an inch too little,
Our easy reciprocations. You let me know
The way a boat would feel, if it could feel,
The intimate support of water..." _Norman McCaig
To be parallel to a dark sea that reflects the setting sun... || Thank you so much @farmerofbits for hauling your kayak south so I could take pictures like this! :)
#heavenonearth #carlirene #inkedfingers #ifportrait #slackliners
Sept 29-30 I'll be in Denver and I have two time slots left to shoot. I'll actually be there a few days prior and post visiting family but I'd love to photograph whatever makes your heart sing! Your family/ your business ~ share with me your crazy ideas and let's collaborate! I'm most excited about the sweater weather/ fall leaves! ❤ Colorado, I'm coming for ya! xo, c

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“Am I doing this right?”
“How do I make this better?” I held my right arm out far as I could, balancing on the 1 inch slackline. My left foot was still as close as it could be to the dock, my left hand still barely touching the cold metal of home. So there I was (in truth it felt my subconscious ruling my every breath, every action, every slosh over of the water dwelling inside of me.) So there I was, perched on the slackline and I could feel them watching me. I could feel people gathering. I was the only girl at that moment (and I, she who had only once made it across any slackline at all only once before at all) but here I was. Hineini.
But wait. There she was. An angel maybe of 12 or 13 and she was in the trenches. She was the queen of the slackline. I could see myself in her in that maybe if life had gone a little bit differently I could be here, so young, but in a different place. I could, not without SO MUCH EFFORT now take a mere 3 steps on the far right line, the easy line. Over and over, my more times my “one step” then jumping in for I could feel I had no balance. So much effort. Anyway the story isn’t about me now, it’s about her. She crossed each of the slacklines so many times effortlessly, perfectly. So little and so much focus and determination. And Adas (I believe that is her lovely name) the Wendy of the slackline boys, and she got on the line I hardly took 2 steps on and I expected her to sail across it but half way across she fell in. At this point I had just fallen in myself and was joyously swimming around in the water below and she swam up to me (me hardly hearing her splash) and she commented about how the line was so difficult and how she lost her balance half way out. There is no gloating over her fall; for it is a beautiful reminder that it is OK to fall. It is OK to make mistakes and in fact, it is the only way to live and learn. If only all of our mistakes would have us falling perfectly in the tides of water below then we might give ourselves more leeway to walk that highline… What is your highline?
Excited to work with @josephbuildersatx to photograph portraits, details and that gorgeous light filling their homes! This particular A frame was a tear down, rebuild. Good vibes in all 3 stories! The top floor is the perfection found in good design.
It is for sale, btw. ;)
The book... that has me feeling so many feels. Drip... drip... drip... every week. Trying to trust the creative process as steady as the ocean tide that fills and recedes, ebbs and flows.
I hope you have a wonderful day today. I hope you realize that everything you feel is OK. I hope you can have some perspective.

And I'm hoping this book magically writes itself in the middle of the night haha.
Xo, c